These photos are a result of a photo exercise I took on. I recently read on a blog that at some point, photographers should try this:

Go to a location, whether it’s indoors or outdoors, and spend 15 minutes there. Spend the first 10 minutes observing your surroundings. Don’t put the camera to your eye or take photos. Look for interesting subject matter, composition, line, shape, etc that can be photographed. Then spend the next 5 minutes shooting photos of what you just observed.

I went to my backyard and tried it. It was amazing the things I saw. I pushed to focus on interesting lines and shapes and their relationships.

This one shows the fence sort of extending on via it’s shadow. I liked how you see all fence, and not shadow. I like that sort of illusion.

This one is all about intersections and line… and of course rule of thirds.

My favorite – where there is a strong relationship between the 3 flower pots and the 3 circles on the concrete.  I love the design aesthetic of the 3 circles in the concrete paired with regular, old flower pots – but yet they relate because the concrete circles were created from the pots.


  1. Julie
    Posted January 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I love your use of lines in the first two but the last one is just fantastic!

  2. Posted January 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Julie! Are you a photographer too? I’d love to check out your work.

  3. Posted January 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Oh not seriously, just as a hobby. I have some things up on my photo DA (linked above). But I just love seeing other people’s art!

  4. ashley
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Stunning composition from the use of lines, lighting, depth and pattern. What a great thing to do on a “Lazy” Sunday. Will be doing the same this weekend.

  5. Posted October 4, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Thanks Ashley! It was a really fun exercise. If you happen to post your photos from the exercise, you should share it here.

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